V: Poetry by Charlotte De’Ath & Photography by Jessica Schroer-Smalley, 1

I Died, Again

lie with me and die let me twirl your final
breath between my fingers
to rest on my blue lips and form your name
close my eyelids
like a curtain call i can see the shade of kisses
echo from the killing floor of my romances

in your arms i am a womb ghost
as ectoplasmic night-time love songs
crackle over scratches on old records
the needle gets stuck love ^ love ^ love ^ love ^ love
until we crash against the turntable
violently undoing each other down to our bones
quickening towards the wholeness of our heaven

but it won’t last
and you will leave me a black reflection widow
slowly turning to dust you walk out the door
and into the graveyard histories buried
under my bed with every headstone i had loved to death


Charlotte De’Ath was born in the east end of London but now lives in an idyllic cottage situated deep in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. She has published one chapbook, Kicks To Hypnotise Suburban Daughters, by Erbacce Press. She spends most of her free time playing with the Clueless Collective.

Jessica Schroer-Smalley is a photographer from Shelton, CT. Her work has appeared on numerous book covers, including Cold Shivers (2012), by Matthew Champine. To enjoy more of Jessica’s vast portfolio, please visit her online galleries at both DeviantArt and Flickr.


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